Author Archives: Patrick Earvolino

Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Okay, so this recipe doesn’t really include rice at all. Sorry to disappoint all you rice-loving folks. Hey, I love me some rice, too; don’t get me wrong. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this universal staple is by treating it as the base for a substantial, nutritionally balanced, one-pot meal full of other…

Act Naturally

“To live medically is to live miserably,” wrote Thomas Cleave in 1956. And he knew firsthand. Cleave was not only a medical doctor, he was a surgeon captain in the British Royal Navy, and his position gave him a unique, worldly view of medicine in the mid-twentieth century, one that was blunt in its assessment…

Obesity Is a Disease—Are Refined Carbohydrates the Cause?

Burn more calories than you eat, and you’ll lose fat. This belief, known as the “calories-in, calories-out” theory, is an unquestioned principle of nutrition. We all buy it. And it makes sense—if we assume all calories behave the same in the body. Or, as the dietitians like to put it, “a calorie is a calorie,”…

An Orange a Day…Keeps the Stretch Marks Away?

Oranges

One of the most confounding beliefs of modern medicine is that a person is either completely lacking in a vitamin or not lacking it at all. The idea that there are in-between states of vitamin deficiency and that such “subclinical” deficiencies are the cause of common illnesses is perplexingly dismissed by the medical community. Everyone…

The Perils of Pasteurization

Dairy cow

The pasteurization of milk might be the most one-sided story ever sold. To hear it from proponents, pasteurization kills lethal pathogens naturally lurking in cow’s milk while delivering a nutritious, wholesome product to consumers. The commercial dairy industry has spun this yarn to great profit for nearly a century, but the truth is the unsanitary…

Dr. Wiley’s Question Box: Starches and Sugar Are the Principal Sources of Body Fat

Dr. Harvey Wiley, the first head of the FDA, explains a fact that metabologists have known for nearly a century but which low-fat dietitians and doctors still fail to appreciate: Up to 80% of the carbohydrates a person eats are converted to fat by the liver and stored in the body’s fat tissue. 

The Use of Raw Potatoes

Add some raw potato to that smoothie? “One of the enzymes found in raw potatoes is phosphatase,” wrote Dr. Royal Lee in a 1958 article in Let’s Live Magazine, “which promotes assimilation of calcium and iron in particular; another is tyrosinase, an essential component of the vitamin C complex and associated directly with the function of the adrenal…

All-Purpose Vinaigrette

Most store-bought salad dressings, even organic ones, contain highly refined, highly inflammatory seed or vegetable oils as well as added sugar and other nasty processed bits. Use this wholesome, whole-food vinaigrette to dress mixed greens as well as chopped raw salads, cold or hot steamed vegetables, or anything else that needs a little zing. Ingredients…

Screamin’ Scramblies

The secret to great scrambled eggs isn’t adding cream or milk or water. It’s heat. By thoroughly preheating the pan, you can create a delectable breakfast with nothing more than a couple of eggs and some salt. We like coconut oil for its low reactivity and medium smoking point, but if you find the flavor…

A Turning Point in Nutritional Science

In this 1953 speech, Dr. Ralph Bircher—son of the famous Maximilian Bircher-Benner who created the raw Swiss health food muesli—explains the science behind raw foods and why a diet of processed foods leads to “mesotrophy,” a state in which a person eating such foods continues to function almost free of symptoms as degenerative disease silently develops within….

Shiitake Vegetable Soup

Shiitake mushrooms, long renowned in China for their medicinal properties, are considered immune adaptogens, meaning they boost a diminished immune system but also calm an overreactive one (as in people with autoimmune issues). They also have a deep flavor that makes meat unnecessary to create a rich, satisfying broth. If you’ve got shiitakes on hand,…